Music Study, Mobility, and Accountability Project

Between 2002 and 2004, a European – American Working Group explored issues regarding student and faculty exchanges, curricula, and evaluation criteria and procedures. Funding was provided by the project partners and by the European Commission and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education of the United States Department of Education.

Although music is critically important in European and American culture and education, and although the music profession has always been a subject area with a strong international dimension, contacts between music institutions in Europe and the United States have been limited in number and highly informal. A clear need has been identified on both sides of the Atlantic to conduct an analysis and then to compile and disseminate information in two related areas: (1) advancing and improving joint cooperation projects between European and American music institutions, and (2) considering common issues of curriculum and quality assessment and enhancement, with particular attention to their impact on student mobility. A joint consortium of five institutions for professional music training, together with two international associations of music institutions (AEC and NASM), took up the challenge of answering this need and started the “Music Study, Mobility and Accountability Project” in 2001.

In the course of the project, the partners have addressed the following issues and subjects:

  • Transatlantic cooperation between music institutions
  • Transatlantic student and teacher exchanges between music institutions
  • Joint curriculum development and joint intensive programmes
  • Quality assurance and quality enhancement approaches in music institutions

The information produced in this project has been assembled in a number of publications which can all be downloaded from the project website. A brief introduction to each publication from the project is provided.